I finally shoveled the snow off my driveway from the last storm, I waited in line at the grocery store... I think I'm prepared for the first official Snowpocolypse of 2014. With the temps dipping Monday and Tues., I'm looking for an excuse to get out of the house and blow off shoveling until it is dark.
This shoot is not for wimps. There will be snow and a lot walking. Parking and driving into downtown might stink (worse than usual... a2 snow removal is usually not good). Plus, classes start on Wed., so parents might be dropping kids off at the dorms and all over town.
However, snow makes things look pretty, and I want to shoot, so if you're bored, prepared for walking for hours and shooting in snow and the cold, and looking to blow-off responsibilities at home (shovelling, etc.), join me (or us if anyone else wants to go).
Bring: Warm clothes (hood/hat, gloves, etc.), boots (12" of snow! or less, but still), plenty of microfiber cloths to wipe melted snow off your camera and lens element or filter, a hand towel to throw in your bag and help with the same. I might bring a small tripod and a compact umbrella to keep snow off the front of my lens if I use the tripod.
Camera cover for the elements: cheap or fancy, whatever you have. If you don't have one, bring a gallon Ziplock bag or two and we can show you how to cut an opening for your lens element... they make pretty sweet, easy-to-pack covers, and an extra folded-up in the camera bag never hurts (impress your friends when they might be in need of one).
What looks good: The Cube (close to the Union), Fleming Building, sculpture garden behind the UM Art Museum, Law Quad and Library, Grad library steps looking across toward the Bell Tower, Tripper's Alley. Let's not forget shooting from parking structure rooftops: S. Thayer (UM), Maynard St., Liberty (Tally Hall), Thompson St. (UM)
Or... we can skip most of that and shoot in the Arb-- snowy trees, sledders, Dow Field, water, railroad tracks. Or Forest Hills Cemetery, which is right next to the Arb: hilly, lots of interesting old and new markers and, IMO, prettier than the Arb. I guess our exact itinerary will depend on who attends and what our interests are.
I'm going to take the bus into town and I'll either bus or walk home. It will be a snowy adventure.
Please RSVP as a "yes" if you think you'll really be there. I can email my cell # to folks going in case of a traffic backup.
Be careful out on the roads... we'll have much more winter ahead, and we can always make other winter shoots if there is an interest and it isn't too cold.